Lake Tahoe’s South Shore offers several family-friendly snowmobiling options
Repeatedly throwing out the universal sign for “hang loose” on his way around the snowmobile circle track across the street from MontBleu Resort & Casino Lake Tahoe Friday, Jan. 8, Tyler Grosdider’s first time on a snowmobile appeared to be a resounding success.
It wasn’t a bad time for his dad, Chad Grosdider, either.
“This place is a blast,” said the Santa Cruz, California, resident while taking turns snowmobiling with his wife Tracie and their 10-year-old at the track, which also includes a tubing hill, sleigh rides and a snow play area.
“It’s his first time doing this stuff,” Chad Grosdider said. “He did great.”
Lake Tahoe’s South Shore offers several opportunities for first-timers and families to experience the snow via high-horsepower machines. Tahoe Snowmobiles operates the Stateline snowmobile track, as well as similar family-friendly tracks at Lake Tahoe Golf Course and Tahoe Paradise Golf Course.
With a wealth of snow on the ground this year, the tracks have been popular spots to get a taste of how a throttle, burst of speed and dash down a straightaway can be a fun way to spend the day.
Friday was a relatively quiet day at the Stateline track, but several snowmobiles zoomed around, and a gaggle of kids and their parents took laps on the nearby tubing hill. The site can get busy on weekends, said Taylor Shearer, spokeswoman for Tahoe Snowmobiles. She recommended getting to a track early on weekends to beat the crowds. The tracks are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
“We’ve been very busy this year,” Shearer said. “It’s been great.”
Renting a snowmobile at the circle tracks costs $65 per half hour, and family members can take turns during that time. The price includes two helmets.
“It’s nice because people can switch off on the snowmobiles,” Shearer said.
For full-sized snowmobiles, operators must be at least 16 years old, have a valid drivers license and be accompanied by guardian. Those under 16 can ride as passengers on the full-sized sleds, and 6-12 year olds can drive smaller snowmobiles on the new kiddie track at the Stateline location.
More information on the circle tracks is available at http://tahoesnowmobiles.com
For a trail-oriented snowmobile adventures, Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center, 4 miles west of the state line, offers morning, noon, afternoon and full-moon rides on 45 miles of trails. The center accommodates a variety of skill levels and features lake views among its rides. More information on the center is available http://www.zephyrcove.com.
Lake Tahoe Adventures offers backcountry snowmobile trips, also for a range of ability levels, in Hope Valley. More information on Lake Tahoe Adventures’ tours is available at http://www.laketahoeadventures.com.
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